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  • Writer's pictureMr. Raza Abbas, Pakistan

UN International Women's Day - 8 March SDGs/Global Goals 5

March 8 is International Women’s Day celebrated by the United Nations.

This year the theme is: "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow".

The United Nations on this day advocates that ‘Advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.

Women are increasingly being recognized as more vulnerable to climate change impacts than men, as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent on the natural resources which climate change threatens the most’

Sharing some guiding questions to begin a career conversation:

1. How can career sector professionals contribute towards gender equality for a sustainable tomorrow dialogues in their respective countries/communities?

2. As career services professionals how are we inspiring women from around the globe to pursue and promote the inclusion of women in diverse profession/livelihood?

3. How are we increase access of career guidance to marginalized women to provide equal opportunities for employability and job creation?

4. Let’s pause for a second…which are some of the leading women career influencers in our career services sector in our respective countries/ region. Make time to recognize and acknowledge them for their impactful career development work. Sharing some eminent names in our career services sector to be inspired from: Ms. Sareena Hopkins, Ms. Tracey Campbell, Dr. Deirdre Hughes-OBE etc.

5. There is no limit to the career pathways that women cannot pursue whether it is traditional careers/livelihood or futuristic careers/livelihoods. Our role as career services professionals is to promote greater access and provide timely career guidance so women can live a life of purpose, meaning and create a difference in their communities leading to gender equality for a sustainable tomorrow!

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